You will also be required to complete an indemnity form. Your temperature may be taken before the tour, if you have a fever you won't be able to join, and quite frankly if you have a fever you should be at home isolating anyway! While none of the above guidelines have been specifically directed at the tourist guide sector, guides have taken the recommendations currently in place in other sectors as part of a new norm to safely ensure social distancing.
Here's a look at some interesting Joburg tours we recommend booking this month.
Need to know: Lebo's are running specials on all their two hour tours in August. Two hour walking tours now cost R200 per person, bike tours R300 and tuk tuk tours R400. Book a tour online at sowetobackpackers.com.
Downtown bookshop Bridge Books' walking tour through the city's literary district is back. Taking in the many formal and informal book traders who give this area of the City Centre such distinct character, the tours also take in several historic buildings and significant city landmarks.
Need to know: Email email@example.com to register your interest and book.
Need to know: The tour lasts three hours and skateboards are provided (tours are for persons aged over 18 only). Tours cost from R400 per person (including skateboard rental) and are available daily. To book contact Ayanda Mnyandu on +27 79 839 8833 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Groups of up to six can be accommodated (preferably families and/or close friends).
Explore Joburg City Centre with JoburgPlacesJoburg City Centre walking tour specialists JoburgPlaces offer two 'signature' tours which are well worth booking; the Marshalltown tour which looks at the myriad colourful stories from the city's gold rush heyday as told through the streets and architecture of historic Marshalltown, and the City Centre tour which explores the diverse retail areas in and around Kerk Street. From September they will also be running a special Saturday Tours programme which will change every week and includes tours themed around farming, fashion and fabric shopping, rooftops, urban development and public art in eat Joburg and money, banks and vailts.
Need to know: Private tours for two people cost R1,000, R2,000 for four people, the new public Saturday Tours costs R400 per person. To book, WhatsApp +27 82 894 5216 or send an email to email@example.com.
Graffiti cycling and walking tours with MicroAdventure ToursKennedy Tembo's of MicroAdventure Tours is Joburg's ambassador of adventure. An enthusiastic guide with a passion for history and art, he weaves the many remarkable stories of the city's past and present into his colourful and energetic tours that cover some of the most interesting areas of the city centre. There are tours on foot, although the best journeys set off by bike. Classic cycling tours include the Jozi Coffee Cycle while popular new tours that have just launched are the Jozi Graffiti Cycle Tour which will take you to all of the latest major murals created in the city during lockdown.
Need to know: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call / whatsapp +27 083 772 4678 to book a tour.
Need to know: Tours are for a maximum of four people and cost from R1,000-R1,100 for the group. Email email@example.com for details and bookings.
Dlala Nje (meaning 'Just Play' in isiZulu) is an innovative tour company based in Hillbrow’s iconic Ponte building that offers memorable walking and immersion experiences in the infamous inner-city neighbourhoods of Hillbrow and Yeoville. Dlala Nje’s aim is to dispel myths about these notorious suburbs and to showcase the unusual history and various African communities that make these areas of the city so distinctive. Dlala Nje have relaunched their 1.5 hour Ponte Experience tour, other experiences are on hold for now and will reappear at a later date. The tour explores the Ponte building telling the remarkable story of the building which was once the grandest address in 1970s Joburg before falling dramatically to become one of the city's most dangerous buildings in the 1990s and finally rising again in the late 2000s. The Dlala Nje team has also pioneered an innovative new fully immersive virtual walking tour in which you get to walk through the busy streets of Hillbrow, in the company of a guide, from the comfort of home!
Need to know: The Ponte Experience tour costs R300 per person (including a drink). Book online here at the Dlala Nje website.